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Pronoun reversal is a language disability observed in the speech of children affected with autism. According to a description, "Pronoun reversal is when the person with autism confuses first and second person pronouns in speech. (Autism and Language: Description and Diagnosis) He will use "you" to refer to him or herself, and use "I" to refer to his or her listener. This might be a sign that children with autism fail to identify themselves as separate from the person with whom they are speaking or might just be experiencing linguistic confusion."[1]


Some probable examples of pronoun reversal may be as follows:

  • Parent: What are you eating, Johnny?
Child: He's eating bread.
  • Parent: What are you doing, Johnny?
Child: He's here.
Parent: Are you having a good time?
Child: He sure is.


  1. Language Development
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